After the Australian population hit the 25 million mark, liberal senator Dean Smith is pushing for the government to make a senate inquiry into the population surge, reports The Australian. While Multicultural Affairs minister Alan Tudge has said that there is no need for a population inquiry, senator Smith maintains the importance of listening and responding to the issues of Australians. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbot, in a live interview said that migration should not be blamed for the surge although the current rate of population increase should be kept in check. He suggests that the rate should be scaled back until infrastructure and integration have caught up.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is said to be reviewing the Skilled Migration Program so more people can be encouraged to go to regions which need more migration like the rural community in Queensland. Adelaide Now reports that places in South Australia need skilled migration as it has been reported that more than 100,000 migrants arrived in Sydney and Melbourne last year.
Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe has highlighted the importance and advantages of immigration as the population hit the 25 million mark five decades earlier than expected. He says Australia is younger and smarter now, thanks to immigration. He held an optimistic outlook on failing unemployment citing that at the rate population is growing, it is a basis for optimism about the future of economy. Because of high immigration levels, it has helped in holding back the rate of ageing and ensuring higher than average growth in recent years. This means that among developed economies around the world Australia has better prospects of growth.